Penile crucifixion. There. I said it. It's a glorious and haunting combination of words, is it not?
It's also the most memorable scene from Wes Craven's voodoo shocker The Serpent and the Rainbow. I saw this flick as a kid and to this day, even passing by a Home Depot makes my manly stuff feel nervous.
Men's legs instinctively cross at this scene. Women chuckle. It's Craven operating at a level of sadism not seen since the original Last House on the Left. Since the media storm that resulted from the book and its follow-up, Passage of Darkness, some of Davis' conclusions have come into question. The books certainly make for interesting reading, but in spite of all of the high minded research and feats of anthropological derring do, all you'll think about is the hammer, the nail, and Bill Pullman's Little Bill.
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